Scooter riders reach Labuan


  • Nation
  • Friday, 27 Jun 2003

KOTA KINABALU: Elation is the prevalent mood among four water scooter riders on the final leg of their record-setting feat of travelling from Langkawi to Sabah’s state capital. 

After 18 days of riding their water scooters through the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea, the four men arrived at the international offshore financial island of Labuan at 12.30pm yesterday. 

“It’s great to be here,” said rider Alex Chai soon after reaching Labuan with Malaysia X 2003 Challenge team members Simon Low, Rosli Bagat and Nazar Othman. 

The four left the Sarawak coastal oil town of Miri at about 8am before reaching the island four hours later. 

RECORD FEAT: Two of the water scooter riders making their way towards Labuan Thursday. Their journay also aimed to raise RM1mil for nine disabled children's centres throughout the country.

Chai said the only problem that dogged the team during the trip was his craft’s engine which repeatedly died due to dirty fuel. 

“We also encountered rough seas near Brunei. But generally the weather along the way to Labuan was clear,” he added. 

He said technicians were cleaning the engine of his jet ski as part of preparations for their final trip to Kota Kinabalu today to complete their mission of riding their machines for a total distance of 2,409km. 

The riders were expected at about 2.45pm at the Pacific Sutera marina where they would be greeted by Sabah Tourism Board chairman Tengku Datuk Zainal Adlin. 

The four men had set off from Langkawi’s Awana Porto Malai Resort on June 10 for their journey which was also aimed at raising RM1mil for nine disabled children’s centres throughout the country. 

The Malaysia X 2003 challenge is hosted by the Sarawak Tourism Board in conjunction with the Visit Sarawak Year 2003.  

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